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Transcultural Realities

Transcultural Realities
Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Cross-Cultural Relations

  • Virginia H. Milhouse - University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, OK, USA, University of Oklahoma, USA
  • Molefi Kete Asante - Temple University, USA, Associate Professor, School of Journalism & Communication, University of Queensland
  • Peter O. Nwosu - California State University, Sacramento, USA, California State University, Northridge, USA

August 2001 | 368 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Transcultural Realities is an important collection of essays written by an outstanding cast of critical scholars who discuss the importance of transculture in interdisciplinary contexts. The primary goal of the contributors is to help the reader to understand that a state of "community" or "harmony" cannot be achieved in the world until we are all ready to accept different cultural forms, norms, and orientations.

In this book, transculture is defined as a form of culture created not from within separate spheres, but in the holistic forms of diverse cultures. It is based on the principle that a single culture, in and of itself, is incomplete and requires interaction and dialogue with other cultures.

Transcultural Realities is divided into five parts:

  • Transcultural issues in international and cross-cultural contexts
  • Historical and religious struggles within and between nations
  • Socially constructed racial identities and their consequences for transculturalism in the United States
  • The transformative effects of sojourning in diverse cultural environments
  • The fundamentals of transcultural research

Editors Virginia H. Milhouse, Molefi Kete Asante, and Peter O. Nwosu set out to meet three specific needs. First, that the book's interdisciplinary approach to theory and practice in cross-cultural relations will make it an important book for several fields of study, including intercultural and interpersonal communication, international relations, human relations, psychology, anthropology, philosophy, and sociology. Second, that the book will be a reference tool for scholars of transcultural researcch, providing up-to-date information on cross-cultural relations that are transcultural in nature. And finally, through the use of research is critical to a fuller understanding of cross-cultural relations in a transcultural world.  

Transculture: An Introduction
1. Perspectives on Human Communication: Implications for Transculture Theory
2. Transculture Communication in U.S. - Africa Context: Can It Help Africa's Emerging National Development?
3. Towards Transcultural Understanding: A Harmony Theory of Chinese Communication
4. Transcultural Realities and Different Ways of Knowing
5. The Effects of Computer-Mediated Communication on Transculturalism
6. Historical Struggles Between Islamic and Christian Worldviews: An Interpretation
7. A Historiographical Survey of the Determinants of the North-South Divide in Sudan
8. An Analysis of Discourse on the Spoken and Written Words: A Historical Comparison of European and African Views
9. Multiple Identities: The Case of Biracial Children
10. Culturally-Based Conception of the Black Self-Concept
11. Communication and Social Scientific Discourse: Towards an Understanding of the Dubosian Perspective
12. Social Cognition and Racial Stereotyping in Television: Consequences for Transculturalism
13. Intercultural Adaptation: A Stranger But Not Strange
14. The Impact of Cultural Dynamics on the Newcomer to the Organizational Environment
15. Research and Training in Cross-cultural Re-adjustment: Recommendations for Advancements
16. Toward and Ethic of Intercultural Communication Research
17. Afrocentric Empiricism: A Model for Communication Research in Africa
18. Frameworks for Assessing contact as a Tool for Reducing Prejudice
19. The Kemetic Paradigm: An Afrocentric Foundation for Rhetorical Theory

“This volume touches on a wide variety of issues that derive
from some aspect of cultural difference. . . . The editors have brought together
a rich blend of advocacy and several excellent reviews of specific research

Contemporary Psychology
Key features
This book takes a more critical/cultural worldview of intercultural communication.

This book includes some of the major thinkers of the contemporary times, including Molefi Kete Asante, Ama Mazama, Anthony Monteiro, and Ali Mazrui.

The book is constructed so that professors and students of any cultural group might use it. 

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